Juggler of Worlds
by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318268
Date: 19 August 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The latest novel by Larry Niven and Edward Lerner, Juggler of Worlds, features two people in conflict both trying to preserve their respective species. Sigmund Ausfaller a paranoid member of the U.N. security force, and Nessus, a scout and Citizen of Hearth, mislead one another in their quest for survival. From official release/information:
Book Description: For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the fate of worlds. Now Sigmund is pulling the strings... Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and potential - and imaginary - of foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?
He may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies. Nessus schemes in the shadows with Earth's traitors and adversaries, even after the race he represents abruptly vanishes from Known Space.
As a paranoid, Sigmund had always known things would end horribly for him. Only the when, where, how, why, and by whom of it all had eluded him. That fog has begun to lift...
But even Sigmund has never imagined how far his investigations will take him - or that his destiny is entwined with the fates of worlds.
(Source: Tor Books)